Bus workers call off Monday’s London strike

Striking bus workers in London have suspended their action on Monday as a gesture of goodwill to allow bosses to respond to issues raised by the dispute.Tower Transit bus

More than 1,000 drivers, engineers and controllers are involved in a dispute with Tower Transit over the imposition of roster changes and a failure by an increasingly hard line management to commit to constructive industrial relations. They were on strike yesterday.

Unite regional officer Simon McCartney said: “Tower Transit cannot hide from the strength of feeling demonstrated by today’s solidly supported strike. Members across the three depots have sent a clear message that they want constructive and genuine consultation and won’t be left short changed by imposed changes to rosters.

“A second 24-hour stoppage was scheduled to take place on Bank Holiday Monday, but the consensus on all picket lines today was that with such a solid support for today’s strike, we should give the company time to reflect and respond fully to all of the issues at the heart of the dispute.

“Members also felt that it was right to demonstrate a clear gesture of goodwill to the hundreds of thousands of Londoners and visitors to Notting Hill Carnival who would have been severely disrupted by strike action on Monday. Monday’ strike has therefore been suspended.

“There is now breathing space for Tower Transit to do the right thing and make the commitments members need. If however, the company chooses to squander this opportunity there will be further strikes and further damage to industrial relations.”


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